Edgarley Home Incorporated (EHI) has developed and implemented a palliative care team for the management of a resident’s end of life wishes. The management is encompassing and respects the resident’s wishes, cultural aspects, spiritual considerations and families.

EHI does not use a palliative room and believes the residents current accommodation is their home and respects their wish to die in their home. We place the extra services in to the resident’s room and ensure there is a staff member with them at all times until their passing, respecting the family rights to privacy. Families are supported throughout this time and encouraged to be involved. Overnight accommodation can be made available in their loved ones room if required.

EHI encourages all new residents and their family to complete an Advanced Care Plan to put in place the wishes of the resident to enable EHI to effectively manage the end of life of the resident.

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness. The approach is through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, assessment and treatment of pain and associated problems eg physical, psychological and spiritual. EHI goals are to:
• provide relief from pain and other symptoms;
• affirm life and regards dying as a normal process;
• neither hasten or postpone death;
• integrate the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
• offer a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death;
• offer a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement;
• use a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated;
• enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness
• respect the residents rights, wants, wishes, desires and needs during this time.